Best Printer

Some people like to have separate devices for a printer, scanner/copier, etc.  I like to go for an all-in-one printer.  This means that I don’t need to have multiple devices plugged in and taking up space.

For my printing, copying, and scanning, I use the HP Officejet 5741 All-in-One Wireless Printer (click here to check Amazon for current pricing).  This device prints wirelessly.  It also allows you to scan to email or memory devices.  In addition, it has a color touch screen that is easy to use.  Read on to learn more about this printer.

HP Officejet 5741 All-in-One Wireless Printer – Features and Benefits

I like this printer for several reasons.  First, the wireless printing option is convenient, and you can also connect to print from mobile devices.  I can scan documents using either the “glass” or the tray at the top of the printer.  I can scan to my email or to a memory device plugged in to the printer.  The color touch screen is easy to navigate, and is very responsive.  Finally, it is easy to change the ink cartridges.

Wireless Printing

I love the option to print wirelessly.  If I ever want to take my laptop somewhere, that is one less cord I need to plug/unplug.  It also allows me to set up a cleaner workspace with fewer wires.  In addition to wireless printing from my computer, I can print from a smartphone or tablet.

All-In-One Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

This printer lets you print, copy, and scan in one device.  As mentioned before, you can use wireless printing as long as you can connect to your network.  You can also copy and scan using either the glass scanner or the tray at the top of the printer.

When scanning, you can scan your file to an email address, either as a JPG or PDF.  You can also save your scans to a memory device.  All you need to do is plug the device into the front left side of the printer before scanning.  This works for USB or Micro SD devices.

 

Of course, this printer also offers the option to fax.  If you need to fax, you can connect to a phone line and scan or feed documents to fax.  I have used this on one or two occasions, and it seemed to work fine for me.

Easy Control

This printer has a color touch screen.  The size is large enough that you can read it easily.

The screen is responsive to any touch.  One downside is that the letters and numbers on screen are small, but this is true of many such devices.  From the main menu, you can copy, fax, and scan.  You can also scroll over to find the “Photo” option.  Among other things, you can use this feature to create passport or wallet pictures.

If you scroll over again, you can find a help option.   This contains product tours and demos, to become familiar with the printer.  It also contains how-to videos, which show you how to change ink cartridges, add paper, and print photos.

You can also check your wireless, fax, and ink status from the main menu.

Refills Are a Snap

You refill paper from the front of the printer, on the bottom.  You pull out the removable tray that catches printed pages, slide out the tray, and insert the paper.

For ink replacements, you need to open up the printer.  This makes ink replacement a little more involved, but still very easy.  There are two cartridges: one black and one color.

I tend to print in black and white, so I normally don’t bother with color cartridges.  The ink seems to last a while, but I don’t print much.  Keep in mind that printer manufacturers count on making their money on ink, not printers.

HP Officejet 5741 All-in-One Wireless Printer – Conclusion

The HP Officejet 5741 All-in-One Wireless Printer is a good choice if you want one device for all of your office needs.  I like that I can print without plugging in to my laptop.  I also like that I can connect to other devices to print.  Scanning to a memory device or to email is convenient, because again, there is no need to connect via wire.  About the only drawback I can think of is the price ($249.99 as of this writing, June 17, 2018).  As far as printers go, this is on the higher side.  However, I think the features available make this printer worthwhile.  I have had this printer for a few years now, and it is still working well.

If you are interested in learning more about the other tools I use, check out my resource page.